Faculty & Staff
Yuming He, Ph.D.
(On leave Winter 2005, Spring 2006)
Assistant Professor in Chinese Literature and Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
The literature and culture of late-imperial China (currently focusing on theater, performance, and music), the history of the book (focusing on woodblock prints, both texts and images), and Chinese intellectual history.
My current work focuses on the book market of late-Ming China, particularly newly popularized publication genres of that period (encyclopedias, literary miscellanies, collections of games, jokes, and other entertainment literature). Such publications also allow us to examine the relation between woodblock illustrations and their accompanying texts, shedding light on a historically unique set of attitudes about interpretation and the visual past shared by the original audiences of these publications. I am currently working on a book that attempts to situate these woodblock publications within their contexts of transmission and circulation in China—and even to East Asia and beyond—and to examine the rise of a new form of book literacy in conjunction with the new linguistic, visual, material properties of these woodblock books.
Other interests include spatial imagination and the production of geographical knowledge in late-imperial China, trans-regional culture, manuscript novels from the Qing, as well as occasional ventures into 20th-century intellectual history.
“Difficulties of Performance: The Musical Career of Xu Wei’s The Mad Drummer.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, December 2008
“Wang Guowei and the Beginnings of Modern Chinese Drama Studies.” Late Imperial China, December 2007
- Books, Prints, and Texts in Late Imperial China (winter 09)
- Chinese Drama and Theater: 12th to 21st centuries (winter 09)
- Reading Cultures III: Exchange (spring 09)
- Dream of the Red Chamber and the Culture of Late Imperial China
- The Creation and Re-creation of Yuan Drama
- Xixiang ji (The Story of the Western Wing)
- Elementary Literary Chinese III: Introduction to Chinese Poetry